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FOOTE MARGARET RARICK FOOTE 1915 to 2012 Margie was born at home in Osceola, Iowa to Earl Elbert Rarick and Elizabeth Bell Owens Rarick. She was a clever and confident child, always ready to ride in the family automobile, the first in Clarke County, Iowa, and she demanded and received the first plane ride from the first barnstormer to operate in Osceola. Later in life she would ride in helicopters to Camp David and on Air Force One, traveling with President Richard Nixon's team to reopen trade with the Soviet Union. Margaret was a highly regarded private secretary who worked in the Pentagon for several General Officers, including Ulysses S. Grant, III; for Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Lawrence C. McQuade; and in the White House for John Kenneth Galbraith under the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations. Her final federal employment was in the White House as the private secretary to Raymond K. Price, Chief Speech Writer in the Nixon Administration. She typed the next to last draft of the speech announcing the President's resignation; Rose Mary Woods, of course, typed the final. After the speech, Margaret put in her papers for retirement. Margaret died at home November 5, 2012. She is survived by a daughter, two granddaughters, a great granddaughter, a niece, and two nephews, Rona F. LaPrade, a widow; Linda E. LaPrade and her partner, Deb Donelson, Laura J. LaPrade and her daughter, Kathryn Stark, Ronald R. Rarick, Jr., and his children, Ronnie R. Herzog, her children, and her husband, The Honorable Donald G. Herzog, Jr., Larry L. Rarick, his wife, Lina, and their children. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on December 8, 2012 at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009. In lieu of flowers or other tributes, the family suggests contributions to Charlie's Place at St. Margaret's Church. A guest register may be found at www.Rapp Funeral.comwww.Rapp Funeral.com
Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 27, 2012